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GBA newsletter | August 2012

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Penthouse in Soho meeting - join us for drinks with a view at our next meeting- read more

Queens of British Comedy - More events during London 2012 - read more

Pride London debate - can the GBA help Pride be the event London deserves?- read more

GBA Market Intelligence - Kermit, Oreos and Fried Chicken - read more


and benefit from GBA networking and share our resources.

DIARY 2012

GBA meetings with GPN are held usually on the third Thursday of the month

Join our mailing list and we'll remind you when and where

Thursday 16 August 2012, from 6.30pm

The Penthouse
1 Leicester Square
London WC2H 7NA

Thursday 20 September

Annual General Meeting

Pause, 80-84 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 3DH

Thursday 18 October

The Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP
Venue tbc

Thursday 15 November

The Rt Hon Iain Stewart MP
Venue tbc

Gay Pride Calendar 2012

Gay Pride Calendar 2012


Penthouse in Soho

Thursday 16 August 2012, from 6.30pm

The Penthouse Leicester Square

The Penthouse
1 Leicester Square
London WC2H 7NA


Jose Resinente will introduce the NPL Naz Project London, an organization which educates and empowers communities to face up to the challenges of sexual health and HIV, and mobilizes the support networks that exist for people living with HIV/AIDS.

There are opportunities to speak for two minutes to promote your services.

Non-members and guests £10 - Register in advance
GBA members £5 - RSVP

VIP bands available if you want to go on to The Shadow Lounge afterwards.

Our last meeting at the Royal Park Hotel

Laurent Boutonne, the General Manager and Michael Wilton, the Sales and Marketing Manager were very generous in their hospitality and organised the demonstration of Zeo promoted by Karl White and aptly shown by Isaac Morrison from Dash. Jonathan Penny told us about the appeal that the Albert Kennedy Trust is doing and Ben Piper told us about his City and West Psychological Services. We were fortunate to be able to enjoy the garden till about 11pm for what was the first day of summer.


Pride House

Pride House 2012
3-12 August

GBA Members are invited to get involved in London 2012 Olympics.

We're looking for raffle prizes and support for:

- Football tournament
- 5K run
- bowling night
- picnic and games day
- possible pub quiz.

Please contact hello@gba.org.uk

Pride House features exhibitions and events to welcome LGBT visitors to London at:

CA House
1 Northey Street
Limehouse Basin
E14 8BT



Trailblazers: Queens of British Comedy

Queens of Comedy BFI gay film festival

Box Office

As part of the London 2012 Festival, The BFI in association with The Hackney Empire presents our Trailblazers: Queens of TV Comedy which will look at the pioneering 'golden girls' of TV comedy in Britain who fronted their own shows in a male-dominated era.

From Joyce Grenfell, Marti Caine and Diana Dors, the season acknowledges several female comedians that achieved Olympian feats.



.. is currently seeking sponsorship for a production to be performed at the Waterloo East Theatre, London, 3-22 September.

The play, 'Up4aMeet' is a naked comedy based on the 'gay internet scene' and set around a fictional website. Within the script there is a hard-hitting comment about the blasé use of the internet. This play highlights the problems of regulating the internet's users and potential users, as well as the broader issue of how some of us can't help but lie to strangers.

A range of sponsorship opportunities from £250 to £1000.
Contact David Adkin, Producer, tel: 07563 553440

Open Houses

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding a lunchtime Open House on 8 August for London, UK and overseas businesses to network.

British Business Club Lounge offers one to one meetings, or just drop in to catch up on emails (free Wi-Fi), Games news and selected streamed events from the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House.

Entry to the Lounge is free and light refreshments will be available to purchase.

More information
tel 020 7203 1713


Two public debates have been held to discuss the future of Pride London

1) TUC - Ninety community and union representatives agreed a set of principles that should apply to future Prides in London:

- it should be free to all participants
- it must be fully inclusive of all sections of the LGBT community
- it should be a celebration, but retain its political cutting edge and campaign for LGBT equality and liberation nationally and internationally
- it must be led by the LGBT communities themselves, not have its shape or content determined by commercial sponsors or public bodies.
tuc.org.uk 17 Jul 12

2) Debate at Heaven - calls for 'back to basics' gay pride in London
gaystarnews.com | Minutes 26 Jul 12

A new Board of Pride London will be calling a further meeting in September.

Pride London




Health clinic 56 Dean Street wants you to create an innovative advertising campaign to increase HIV testing to improve sexual health awareness
facebook.com 2 Aug 12

6,795 civil partnerships in the UK in 2011 an increase of 6.4% - 672 dissolutions granted
ons.gov.uk 31 Jul 12

Employer liable for "gay and proud" Facebook status hijack of ex-employee by colleagues, tribunal finds
out-law.com 22 Jul 12

Straight-friendly gay hotels - Can accommodation be all things to all people?
independent.co.uk 21 Jul 12

Still more to be done for business to accommodate the needs of Britain's 1.7m LGBT employees
ft.com 13 Jul 12

Out_and_Equal_sponsors_2012 Out and Equal - Hundreds gather in London for Global LGBT Workplace Summit
einnews.com 7 Jul 12

Gay-only room adverts seeking tenants for rented accommodation which specify race, sexuality, or other characteristics, some experts believe break the law
bbc.co.uk 4 Jul 12

Gay By Degree gay friendly universities 2013 Gay By Degree - Stonewall reveals UK's most gay-friendly universities - top marks to seven universities
gaybydegree.org.uk 22 Jun 12

Shadow Equalities Minister hails progress on gay employment rights
stonewall.org.uk 16 Jun 12

Employers encouraged to enter Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index 2013 - it's free and online:
Workplace Equality Index 2013 16 Jun 12

Holiday Inn Penthouse overlooking Camden Lock is venue for next week's GBA professional network - Thu 14 Jun
gba.org.uk 6 Jun 12



Las Vegas' marketing machine seen as key to ousting NYC as top gay destination
lasvegassun.com 1 Aug 12

Why companies take a stand on social issues, from Chick-fil-A to Amazon
time.com 1 Aug 12

11 Business Leaders that put anti-gay companies like Chick-fil-A to shame
policymic.com 1 Aug 12

NGLCC Business and Leadership Conference sold out. Chicago - 7-10 Aug
certify2012.org 27 Jul 12

World Travel Market and Out Now unveil world's largest LGBT research programme
4hoteliers.com 14 Jul 12

Grondr world map gay users Grindr announces world map showing where 4 million users live, making 1 million daily unique visits
techcrunch.com 24 Jun 12

Tolerant times bring change to gay bars - a slow and steady march into the mainstream
jsonline.com 10 Jun 12

First "matchmaking" event with Fortune 500 companies held by National G&L Chamber of Commerce New York
prweb.com 6 Jun 12



His_and_His_American_Airlines Rainbow oreo Chevy Volt gay advert


promotes gay family travel with groundbreaking ads
metroweekly.com 1 Aug 12


Moving past "gay vague"

- Ads aim marketing at gay audience: not just inclusive messages, but as a statement
denverpost.com 17 Jun 12

Pride-themed Rainbow Oreos

- stir up more than milk - 'I can't support a business that supports gays'
csmonitor.com 27 Jun 12

GM's Chevy Volt ad

- Does it signal return to advertising toward gay and lesbian buyers?
freep.com 16 Jul 12




ICANN "public comment" period on the .gay applications remains open until 12 August
www.dotgay.com 2 Aug 12


Target Wedding Registry - new advert invites gay couples to sign up to gift registry
thenewcivilrightsmovement 28 Jul 12

Branding at Risk for Chick-fil-A and the Boy Scouts?
wharton.upenn.edu 28 Jul 12

God and Gay Marriage: What Chick-fil-A could learn from Marriott - might demoralize gay employees
businessweek.com 27 Jul 12

Kermit Klein

Chick-fil-A loses Muppets - due to the fast-food company's opposition to gay marriage
latimes.com 24 Jul 12

International gay-friendly job site launched - offering "free launch packages" to companies
pr.com 14 Jul 12

Why IBM is pushing for global gay equality
gaystarnews.com 13 Jul 12

Retailers see gay population as next audience to court - JP Morgan
adr.com 9 Jul 12

The most anti-gay corporations in America
businessinsider.com 6 Jul 12

Out Obama official working to boost U.S. exports - Fred Hochberg overseas growth of US export assistance

Accenture and Out & Equal honor Green Chimneys with first Skills to Succeed LGBT Award
marketwatch.com 30 Jun 12

Android is number one, best-perceived brand in LGBT community, says new survey. Google didn't make top 20
brandindex.com 22 Jun 12

Boardrooms are the new battlefield for gay rights
msn.com 20 Jun 12

Eight LGBT student leaders chosen for the Victory Congressional Internship program this summer
gaypolitics.com 16 Jun 12

Gay emoji

Gay Emoji - Apple has added a lesbian and homosexual couple to the usual collection of goofy faces, monkeys, and weird skulls in iOS 6
techcrunch.com 15 Jun 12

Gay inclusiveness to blame for JCPenney's slowed sales, claims columnist
advocate.com 11 Jun 12

'Queens of Beer' to open first LGBT brewery ever in San Diego
latimes.com | facebook.com 9 Jun 12

Two new deal sites are aiming to reach gay consumers
nydailynews.com 6 Jun 12

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Thomas Evans

Russell & Co

Holland House
Church Street
WR14 2AH

01684 892 000



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Darrin Woodfield

Financial services

11 Hamilton Place

07501 080 112




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